Peace by Piece Puzzles

Did you know that the simple act of piecing together a jigsaw puzzle can offer therapeutic benefits? It can, and the promising findings were impossible to ignore. While stimulating the brain, it also acts as a form of meditation, allowing the mind to relax. This simultaneous action has shown promising findings for people living with dementia, and can be a valuable source of reprieve for individuals living and coping with mental illness, including PTSD.

Twin Sisters Natalie and Nicole of Peace by Piece Puzzles
Twin Sisters Natalie and Nicole of Peace by Piece Puzzles

My twin sister (Nicole) and I are both proud wives of long-serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces. We didn’t plan it that way. But we are blessed beyond measure.

We all know the devastating impact of PTSD.  It hurts everyone. The man or woman suffering with it, their spouses, partners, children, parents, siblings, friends, relatives, and even their pets. Everyone is impacted.  Many of those who are suffering with PTSD are military, police, paramedics, and firefighters. They are our first responders. In their selfless acts of service, they have suffered. It’s painful to see.

We have immense respect for those who serve, those who suffer, and those who struggle to find peace in their minds and hearts. If we can contribute even a small piece of peace, it is our privilege and honour to do so.

It is this inner call to action that Peace by Piece Puzzles was born.

We both have had fulfilling careers in business (Nicole) and counselling (me). Through our work and personal journey, we have witnessed the remarkable power of the human spirit. Equipped with empathy and compassion, we are eager to make a difference. We believe that every act of kindness, every gesture of love and understanding, is an infinite gift of grace. Let’s never underestimate its power, for it is a precious and always timely gift.

What is a Peace by Piece Puzzle?

Along with a beautiful, tranquil image, every Peace by Piece Puzzle carries an inspirational verse, a message of hope and love. The verses are written by me and come from a heart of gratitude. Through my words, I aspire to offer solace and hope, love and understanding.

In our face-paced, dynamic, and often complex lives, a gift to oneself or a loved one is special.  A Peace by Piece Puzzle is a gift from the heart; it is permission to quiet the mind alone, or come together with a loved one in a shared experience. During those moments when words are sometimes hard to find, a Peace by Piece Puzzle can be your voice.

We believe mental wellness should not be a convoluted concept; it’s an essential piece of our lives. A daily promise to ourselves that we are worthy to be free of inner turmoil, free to love and be loved. Piece by piece, step by step, we can do this. We are all in this together.

Thank you all for sharing your time and being a part of this extraordinary journey.  ♥

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Mighty Heart

We admire another’s courage
While doubting our own
Yet we’ve prevailed mighty hardships
Battles waged and won.

We hold no trophies or medallions
No headlines speak our name
We rose from the ashes
And piece by piece we built again.

Our scars tell a story
We braved the fiercest storms
For we’re both the pioneer and vessel
That ventured into the unknown.

We are not of myth or legend
Our hearts know the burden well
We bore, sustained, and survived
For into the fray we sailed.

Fear shall not cage nor define us
Here we stand on vast, shaky ground
So, let’s never doubt our courage
Dare this mighty voyage…both noble and proud.

©Natalie Ducey

Mighty Heart Puzzle with Inspirational Verse - Wolves Image by Peace by Piece Puzzles
Mighty Heart ~ Peace by Piece Puzzle collection


  1. I love the puzzles in the nicely done video. They remind me of my father who loved to do puzzles. We would do them together along with my sister. My brother and mother didn’t like them.

    The last day I spent with my father, the day before he went into a coma, was doing a puzzle. I don’t know what made me go visit him and my mother that day because I was supposed to go to dinner at their house the next day. I thank God he directed me there. Dad went into a coma after surgery and never came out again. He died 16 days later. I will always remember that day doing the puzzle together.

    Thank you for sharing this and enabling me to remember and appreciate those moments. ❤️

    1. Thank you for sharing this with me, Janice. Such a beautiful moment and memory to cherish. It warms my heart to know a change in plans made it possible. I offer much gratitude to the keeper of the stars for these gifts.
      I’m so very sorry for your loss. When I lost my mom it almost broke me. Twenty one years later I see her in my reflection. They never leave us. Hugs. XO

      1. I have never shared that with anyone outside the family. But I feel close to you in a short time. Strange, huh? Your words touch me and through them I can see how beautiful a person you are! Thank you for your kind words also. I do cherish that memory and hope that I have the best of both my mother and father inside me. My mother passed in 2004 and my dad in 2001. It still feels like yesterday though. I feel them near me always. 🤗 😘 ❤️

  2. What a wonderful idea, Natalie – and it’s so nice that you have been able to do this with your twin sister. I know quite a few people who love relaxing with a jigsaw puzzle. One of my friends has a mother with Alzheimer’s, and when he visits her they always work on a jigsaw together.

    1. Thank you, Toni, for stopping by and for sharing this with me. I love piecing them together and to be able to design them now with my sister is extra special. I feel truly blessed. Thanks so much. XO

  3. Beautiful post, Natalie. That poem is amazing. I didn’t know the benefits of working with puzzles. Thank you for sharing that with us. I miss doing puzzles I used to love them as a kid. Sometimes my anxiety gets the best of me, so I think I’m going to start doing puzzles again. Thank you! <3 xo

    1. Thank you, Vashti! We’re so thrilled to be doing this together. I find them sooooo relaxing to do. When we discovered the health benefits, we couldn’t not do something. Blessed for sure. Thanks again. I’m heading over your way soon! XO

    1. Thank you, Rob. We are so grateful to be able to do this together and give back in some small way. It’s near and dear. Thank you for all that you’re doing. I’m so pleased that we connected in this amazing community of bloggers. I look forward to reading and sharing your posts. 🙂

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